The Keoladeo Ghana National Park got its name from an ancient Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva within the sanctuary and the term’Ghana’means dense, thick areas of forest. The Keoladeo Ghana National Park, today is supposed to be one of the famous place for breeding and feed grounds for the native as well as for the migratory birds. This National park situated on the border area of Bharatpur in Rajasthan is sprawled over an area of 29 sq km. Apart from the attraction of reptiles and mammals over here, the other renowned feature of the Keoladeo Ghana National Park is that it is an ideal place for bird watching, being home for more than hundreds of bird species. Today the Keoladeo Ghana National Park is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Sight. It is a marshy area constituting of kadam forests, grasslands and shallow lakes.
HISTORY : The Keoladeo Ghana National Park belongs to the 19th century and was created by the Maharaja of Bharatpur.The discovery of this park has a story behind it where the Maharaja of Bharatpur in 1760 constructed an earthern dam which soon became an irrigation canal. From then it was used as a shooting preserve by the Maharaja of Bharatpur and later in 1956 got the status of a bird sanctuary and in the year in 1982 was upgraded to a national park. Now the Keoladeo Ghana National Park is one among the best water birds preserves in the world.
ORIENTATION : The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is located between Agra and Jaipur in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, at a distance of about 190 km from the national capital of Delhi.